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Six Vanderbilt neuroscientists awarded 2018 NARSAD Young Investigator Awards for promising research in the field of mental disorders

Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Uncategorized.

  • Oliver Vranjkovic, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (Danny Winder’s lab); aims to contribute to the development of compounds that prevent withdrawal-induced anxiety in people trying to wean themselves off of alcohol dependence
  • Erin S. Calipari, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Pharmacology; will work at the intersection of genetics, neuroscience, and behavior with the aim of better understanding how social stress may contribute to depression.
  • Autumn Joy Kujawa, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development; wants to identify traits that predict depression in adolescents.
  •  Samuel William Centanni, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (Danny Winder’s lab); seeks insights into how the endogenous cannabinoid (eCB) system may provide a treatment target for affective disorders including depression and anxiety.
  •  Daniel Foster, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Pharmacology; will investigate a possible new treatment for the repetitive behaviors that are often a debilitating symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Kanzo Suzuki, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacology (Lisa Monteggia’s lab); aims to learn more about how the experimental drug ketamine exerts rapid and powerful antidepressant effects.

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